Andrew has written 19 reviews for films during 2020.
Citizen Kane 1941
I really like the transitions between scenes in this movie. I wish more movies thought about and cared about transitions like this movie does. Almost every scene transitions while continuing a visual image or a sound, or both. I can't think of many other movies that do this (maybe Scott Pilgram). Of course, everything else is great too, but I just really like this part of it.
Get Out 2017
I like this movie for a lot of reasons, but the main one is because of how well the theme is integrated. Every scene is focused on the theme, through both directing and writing. Each scene plays the theme out in different ways, looking at every part of it. The story is simple with good twists and there is no extra weight. It flows so smoothly and arrives at the perfect ending that puts everything into perspective. I don't think…
Dinosaurs: A Fun Filled Trip Back in Time 1987
This is one of the first things I remember watching on vhs. This movie's got everything: cheap animation, live action dream sequences, informational text book photos, museum model dinosaurs, chalk board animation and claymation. Even as a kid I thought it was a little disjointed, but that didn't stop me from watching it over and over again. And now it's what I think of first when I hear the song "every breath you take".
No one makes movies about children like Miyazaki. He focuses on the details of how children move through space and how they interact with adults and the world. It's all so relatable even though it takes place on a made up island.
All of his movies are an immersive experience. This one is no exception. There is so much attention given to the little details of life that you can feel what it would be like to live there. There…
In the Mood for Love 2000
More than the story itself, I like how the story was told. Every scene was beautiful. Every scene is visual storytelling at its best. In fact, even without subtitles, I think I could have followed the story just by how it was filmed. Every scene says so much.
Before Midnight 2013
This traded romance for realism and it's not as fun as the others.
Before Sunset 2004
The moment they get into the car to go to her house until the end is so good and so intense. I can't get it out of my mind.
The whole movie sets that last act up perfectly. It's amazing writing performed by amazing actors and directed so well you forget it's even a movie.
It's crazy that this movie is basically just dialogue and body language and it's still one of the best things I've seen.
Before Sunrise 1995
This movie is so subtle and unassuming and yet it works its way into your mind and maybe even your soul and it won't leave. It doesn't make sense. Or maybe it does. Maybe this movie isn't just about falling in love, maybe watching it feels like falling in love feels.
And I thought I didn't like romance movies.
This movie worked for me. It's got action sequences that remind me of The Dark Knight and a crazy premise like Inception. It's not as good as either of those, but it's enough to make it a great movie.
This was definitely the hardest premise to understand, but it all makes sense in the end. Kind of like how The Prestige was structured the same way as what the movie was about (a magic trick), this movie is structured like…
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 2014
I like this movie even more the second time. It's one of the best movies I've seen. Everything works so well. The themes are played out seemlessly and on multiple levels. It's self referential and layered and it's all the things I like in movies and TV shows. Innaritu is a master.
The 400 Blows 1959
I really really liked how this was filmed.
This is the best western I've ever seen. I've seen a bunch of them, a lot with John Wayne or Clint Eastwood, but I never really loved any of them. This one is different.
This is the first western I've watched where I was able to fully immerse myself in the world. Every character has a motive and those motives are both good and bad. In fact I was never quite sure who the hero was supposed to be. I…